So, uh... hi? I feel like I'm sneaking in the back door and pretending I'm not late to the party, here. Oops. It's been years since I posted here, and the last few entries in my journal were just reposts of useful links and resources (which don't really count in my mind as updates of anything). I've been away, and now I'm considering poking around again. I likely don't know anyone who's still around from before my sabbatical (yeah, that's what we'll call it ), and frankly I went and deleted all the notifications in my message center because I couldn't even begin to wade through the nearly 4,000 messages. I guess I really have been gone awhile, that or you all post updates like crazy.
What's up with me? Still having health problems (chronic migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, to name a few) that completely disable me and keep me from being able to work. I did manage to work at Starbucks for almost a year, but I lost that job when my health slid downward again, as it seems prone to do. It was nice while it lasted, at least. I can't say that I'm really doing much of anything, I mostly sit around chatting online or roleplaying at RPG Crossing. I'm rather addicted to play-by-post RPGs that let me explore a diverse range of characters I'd probably never write as protagonists in my attempts at novels, but are interesting nonetheless. It challenges me to write new and different sorts of stories in its own way. And I'm running a game, also. The first part is a published adventure, but I have grandiose plans for what comes next. It's fun to try and plot out a story when the characters aren't controlled by you, and can make or break it easily enough with the right stimuli.
I've rediscovered 4thewords the online writing game where you "beat monsters" by writing a certain word count in a certain timeframe. I love it, it keeps me trying to write daily and I think it's improving my writing habits, even if I do have a tendency to write ranty journal entries every few days. I wish I wrote prose, or had any sort of inspiration to write on one idea, but my inspiration has been rather dry of late and I'm left with only RPG posts and journal entries. Not that the RPG posts are necessarily short, I'm a rather prolific writer when I can sense what my character is going through in a given instant. Even when I decided to do Camp NaNoWriMo this coming month, I couldn't for the life of me decide what I was going to write. I've fallen back on the cop out plan, revising an old novel, but I want to write something new and exciting. Maybe I just miss the thrill of being caught up in a story so much you can't put it down.
On a Discord server devoted to writing, I've met a few people who do commissions, and actually make money doing it. I asked questions, hoping I might manage to make some pocket money also, and they suggested I start here, so I made my way back. I'm not sure if I can write the sort of anthro/furry/fandom fiction that they seem to get commissioned for, but then, I've never really tried. Have any of you done commissions here? Any pointers?
And finally, what's up with you guys? I imagine most of you still have me on your watchlist if you knew me years back (unless you're crazy organized), so I'm hoping you'll see this and comment!